Since President Donald Trump has taken to blaming foreign countries for the surveillance that he believes — despite the lack of any evidence — took place at Trump Tower, another leader has piped up on the issue.
By assuring the president that he had nothing to do with the alleged wiretapping, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi made a subtle jab at the absurdity of Trump’s assertion.
During a meeting Monday with President Trump and the press and following reporters shouting questions about the contentious allegations, Abadi grabbed Trump by the arm in a playful manner and set the record straight:
‘We had nothing to do with the wiretap.’
President Trump seemed remarkably unperturbed about the joke, but did not respond to Abadi, nor to the questions of the journalists present.
Earlier Monday, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey testified before Congress regarding the allegation and any evidence he has seen pertaining to Trump/Russia collusion during the election. In this testimony, Comey confirmed that they have found no evidence which would suggest that President Obama, Britain, or anyone else wiretapped Trump Tower during the presidential election for any purpose.
He did however acknowledge, given the number of incidents between members of the Trump team and Russian officials, that collusion is not off the table and they are still investigating.
For those who missed it, this is perhaps the most succinct and on-point summary of what happened:
leak question pic.twitter.com/hh1OCKKcYN
— David Wright (@DavidWright_CNN) March 20, 2017
One might think that having the Director of the FBI speak in front of Congress to inform representatives and the American people that there is no evidence to support a claim, would be enough to revoke the claim. However, the Trump administration has sunk to a new low and has opted to continue supporting the baseless assertion by Trump.
At this point, its unlikely that anything anyone could say or do will be enough for President Trump and his minions to admit they were wrong and apologize. Thanks to that, as the Iraqi prime minister essentially pointed out, the United States is a laughing stock.
Feature Image via Getty Images/Mark Wilson.